Grimm "Quill" Review: A MonRomance Blooms

Grimm S02E04: “Quill”

If Monday’s Grimm were an episode of Friends it would have been titled, “The One Where Multiple Plots Thicken.” We had a MonRosalee kiss, Juliette stumbling onto the Grimms, Renard investigating Mama Nick, Renard spying on the Royal Families, Hank forcibly joining the team, and—as if all of that wasn't enough—there was also an ew-inducing Dark Ages plague, for good procedural measure.

“Quill” began as the aforementioned Wesen-infecting virus hit Portland. It caused the carriers to break out in horrifically gross boils and yellow pustules and basically made them act like 28 Days Later rage zombies. Now, last week everyone was mad at me for not recognizing Mark Pellegrino, so get ready for me to call out the name of the guest actor who played the porcupine Wesen every two seconds: Kevin Shinick, from Robot Chicken, Ugly Americans, MAD, and Where In Time Is Carmen San Diego?!

Anyhow, Shinick's Porcupine Man fended off a pustule-zombie-Wesen but got infected with the disease through his quills. Nick and a newly Grimm-appraised Hank investigated, and the show answered last week’s big question by confirming that Hank still cannot see the Wesen despite knowing about them.

Jumping into plot two: Renard seemed to be suspicious of Mama Nick’s “death” and was possibly putting together the news of a double Grimm sighting as the recent reunion of the Burkhardt clan. He also got a call from his mole in the Seven Families, who warned him that the Families sent a Nuckelavee (horse-man) to Portland, which hinted at a grander scheme Renard is part of, outside the Families’ knowledge.

Plot three saw Juliette trying to remember Nick. We learned she could remember some things about Nick when she flashed back to the fearful Eisbiber plumber from Season 1. She invited him over and, not knowing the score, he told her Nick was a Grimm. He then fumbled a cover story and took off for the hills as Juliette put on the bug-eyed “I’m pondering” face she’s worn for the past two episodes.

Plot four had Monroe finally, finally, finally ask out Rosalee! Rosalee answered positively but I could barely hear it as the legions of cheering MonRosalee fans around the world drowned her out. Because this is Grimm their super-sweet picnic in the picturesque Portland woods was interrupted by Kevin, foaming at the mouth due to the virus, which brings us back to plot one. Full circle!

Hank and Nick made it to Rosalee’s apothecary just as she began showing symptoms and Hank got a rushed introduction to Team Grimm as Monroe mixed medicine to counteract the plague. The episode then ended with Rosalee and Kevin healed and MonRosalee shyly taking their first steps toward a real relationship... while the Nuckelavee hit man watched from above.

Thematically Grimm continues to upend the pieces on the board. Just like Hank and Juliette, we’re all frantically evaluating and re-evaluating with every new piece of information we have. Does Renard spying on the Royal Families make him good? Is it bad that non-Wesen and Grimms are learning about the secret world lying side-by-side with ours? We also have to ask ourselves what good and bad means to the various agendas and plots flying around. In Season 1 it would have been a good thing for Juliette to find out about Nick being a Grimm. Now that she has no memory of him, this feels like it’ll lead to disaster.

Similarly, Renard is wrapped up in so many secrets and alliances it’s impossible to tell whether we should root for him or not. He’s a cop and invested in stopping criminals, so that’s good; but he’s a Prince of the Royal Families, so that’s bad. He wants to keep the Royals out of Portland, so that’s good; but he sent Adalind to kill Aunt Marie and threaten Hank, so that’s bad. Renard is transforming into one of the show’s most interesting and ambiguous characters, once again reflecting what I think of as Season 2’s overarching theme: Nothing is what it seems.

However, the less analytical part of me simply wants to “awwww” over Rosalee and Monroe for forever.

AWWWW!

Bree Turner acted the Hell out of infected Rosalee, making me laugh as she insisted she was infected “With love!” one moment and jump as she barked out commands in the next. She and Silas Weir Mitchell have real chemistry and I could watch a show of just them gazing lovingly at each other for hours. Forget “Pond Life”—I demand a web series devoted to Monroe and Rosalee’s relationship, stat!

Questions:
... Now that the term “Grimm” has been said in her hearing, will Juliette flashback to the memory of Nick taking her to Monroe’s for him to Blutbad out?

... Also, is it weird Juliette seems fine with living in the same house as a (from her perspective) complete stranger?

... Is Adalind’s cat dead? Can one simply run over Magique, the murder cat?

... What is the big plan Renard and his mole are afraid of jeopardizing? Is he part of the Resistance?

... What horror will interrupt Monroe and Rosalee’s second date? Ten bucks says it’s the Nuckelavee hit man.

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Grimm seems a pretty solid show to me right now, except: Juliette. I can't but hate her with all my heart. I don't know the reason. Maybe her character is superboring and mega-annoying, maybe the actress just can't play AT ALL, but I CAN'T see her on my screen. Please, writers, PLEASE, kill her anyway you want, don't spoil the good show with this MEGABORING character! Ok, thanks.
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This was a pretty great episode! I think Juliette will finally learn the truth and it will be nice so the series can move on to better things than that. It would be strange to live with someone you don't know or remember even if there was proof you did.

The cat could return, you never know...

I look forward to finding out more about Renard, his agenda and his allies....

Monroe and Rosalee will most likely be interrupted a lot on this show and it will be a common theme to laugh at, and I like that, reminds me of the characters of Buffy or Angel.......
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Actually, the "reveal" that Hank doesn't see them normally wasn't exactly shocking. As based on talks with his Grandma and Mom it's more of an inherited thing than a "you saw one, you can now always see them"



The reveal I DID like, was that Nick shrugged his shoulders when Hank asked "well, how does a Grimm realize you've recognized them" Or didn't like. I don't know, I'm just glad they acknowledged that it wasn't made clear yet.
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I don't think Juliette will start flashing back, but much like when she found that hair last season, she will start researching on her own, I wonder if that will lead her to the Royals and even Renard and she will somewhat become our source of learning about that side of things.



It does seem weird...but perhaps she is justifying it with this evidence that he was around and that he is a cop. I will write it off as she is a little traumatized right now (I am surprised that Nick didn't volunteer to go someplace else).



I think it is likely that the cat is dead, it seems to me that this episode was just trying to pick up and tie off loose strings from last season as a way to get everyone back involved (it had seemed like there were storylines all over the place in the first two episodes). They need Adalind to help, not the cat...



I suspect that Renard is part of this Resistance that was referenced in the season premiere when Renard's brother was torturing that guy and that Rosalee had some role in at least contact with (when she was hiding that reporter). So...it doesn't really answer if he is a good guy or not but I suspect the Resistance as ideals we and Nick would agree with so I put that marker on the side of good. I think that Renard has this idea that Nick would be his Grimm in whatever government the Resistance wants to establish in the Wessen world and he is nervous about other Grimms because they might have ties to the Royal Families that can't be cut.



I keep flashing to Lost Girl (honestly, Lost Girl has actually answers questions of supernatural creatures on other shows...I am looking at you True Blood and your whole Ifrit storyline) and that wolves mate for life..I don't look forward to what Monroe does if anyone threatens Rosalee (though I suspect she is more dangerous, fox and all). Other than a Neuckelavee kind of being a cool looking creature, I am a little confused. A horse? The previous hit man had like saber teeth and looking like a tiger, panther mix. I get that animal would be dangerous and I understand that wild horses can be dangerous...but as a rule?
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I don't care if Rannard is good or bad, he is awesome. As is Monroesalie. How cute are they. Not only is season two really strong so far. This was one of the better episodes of the series in my opinion.

Great review. It's nice to read review from someone who obviously care for the series.
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They mentioned a ratlike Wesens name was Reinecke.Big mistake there. Reinecke is another german word for a fox! And i don't want to know how they came up with the word Nuckelavee, because Nuckel means a babies pacifier in german. :D Guys, please hire me!!! ;o)
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You're about a year too late to complain about the etymology of "reinigen." And, as the coyotl (Aztec) and murcielago (Spanish) demonstrate, not all Wesen names are German. Nuckelavee was derived from Norse mythology.
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This is a point I've been hoping others would notice. It appears "Wesen" have appeared all over the earth and have been named by whichever culture they found themselves in, so while the royal family might be German, the wesen themselves are not, and the Grimms probably used whichever name they heard first when encountering a new species.
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Ooh, almost forgot Mauvais Dentes, which is bad French as opposed to bad German.



Also, certain languages seem to refer to Wesen by different names, hence why Monroe referred to the Murcielago as "Geolterblitz." Plus, the French "Mauvais Dentes" may or may not be the same as the German "Rissfleich"



But we can all agree that no matter what laguage the Wesen's name is, the grammar will almost always be poor.
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Thanks guys. I didn't know that.
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I wonder if they're going to have Juliette and Renard get together in some way, especially after it was him that kissed her awake (well, as awake as a Stepford wife can be).
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Juliette's had that's "I'm Pondering" face for like the past 26 episodes.
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1. I thought they were going to make Juliette afraid of Nick with having her remember how the wesen was afraid of him. I don't think remembering the entire story would help, though she seems much friendlier with Monroe now than she did before...



2. About her seeming fine to live in the same house as Nick? Does she have an option? Bc rationally, I don't see anything wrong with that. If you bumped your head and forgot your life, and had someone tell you 'this is home and you live here with your family' would you just move into a hotel indefinitely bc you can't remember them?



3. Adalind's cat dead? Nah, the noise we heard was Magique wrecking the car!!



4. Renard 's plan? I think maybe he wants to control the Grimm. I don't think he's a good guy, exactly.



5. I don't want anything to break up their 2nd date... I just wanna watch them be cute together. lol
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Yeh, when she flashed back to the guy being afraid of "him" I thought it supported my theory that: she thought she was blocking him out because he was an abusive boyfriend and/or a dirty cop.

But then she met the guy who was all warmed up about Nick and he dropped the "G" bomb on her. And now, I'm sure her Google-Fu skills will find out what that means. After all, it took her all of 5 minutes to learn something about Nick's parents that Nick himSELF didn't already know.
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"...and basically made them act like 28 Days Later rage zombies." Zombie wesens! Ha, ha, I loved that!



You don't recognize Mark Pellegrino, but you recognize Kevin Shinick? What universe do you live in?



"Juliette put on the bug-eyed "I'm pondering" face she's worn for the past two episodes." - Good observation. She does that face a lot, and I don't know what to think of it. Sometimes I think she's a robot and the face means "doesn't compute."



Now I really want to have a picnic in the woods of Portland.



"Renard is ... one of the show's most interesting and ambiguous characters... Nothing is what it seems." - Another great point. You're really getting Grimm.



Answers:

... There's a slim possibility Juliette will remember Monroe's "Blutbadding." Not only she still has many memory gaps, but also she fainted the moment Monroe "metamorphosized."

... Yeah, I think it's quite weird for Juliette to agree to live with a complete stranger, but then she's a big girl, and this just shows how confident a woman she is.

... Yeah, what's the deal with that cat. Why that whole scene? It seemed so superfluous. I demand better scenes with Magique because he has incredible screen presence! Hey, what if he comes back as a living-dead-Hexenbiest-infected-zombie cat from Hell?

.. Renard's big plan? Now you're asking too much. I haven't been able to think that much ahead. That man is inscrutable!

... Two monsters threaten the MonRosalee romance: the Nuckelavee, and, the bigger one, Monroe's fear of intimacy.
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He probably just used IMDB to lookup the guest star to save face after last week's miss. We don't need every guest-star mentioned and detailed, but some of the BIGGER ones should get a nod. People that either used to star on another show/series, or are just professional guest-stars because of their gravitas (like Mark Sheppard)
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She, not he, but yeah, she definitely used IMDB. The trick is to know when to make a big deal out of a guest-star, and when to ignore them. Looks like she needs to fine-tune those skills.
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"He"? Ain't Josie a girl?
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Any time I see the word "gravitas", I know someone's full of crap.
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So, basically whenever you see the word "gravitas" you just conclude it's bullshit without even caring to pay attention to the content of the message? Not very smart. The word might sound pedantic to some, but I think he's got a point.
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Your words have completely changed my mind. You've definitely got gravitas, my friend.
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In the Grimm world we already have a wolf, bee, snake, crocodile and rhino and apparently now the royals have sent a horse. Assuming that this "Nuckelavee" is supposed to succeed where the Mauves Dentes failed, I am guessing its more powerful or more capable. I just cant for the life of me figure out how a horse is more effective than a tiger. Unless he somehow uses his legs to give a mean ass kick or his particularly large you-know-what can be used as a weapon. Another reason to look forward to the next episode!
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Oh for crying out loud. Yes Monroe and Rosalee kissed. Yes it was sweet, yes it was funny. But for crying out loud Nick and Juliette are what? Strangers living together. I don't get the whole keeping with the job thing. I mean he seems pretty ok (aside from the one liners) about Juliette not remembering him at all. To me, It just seems unlikely that he would go from proposing to her in the hospital, to her out of the hospital and now with no memory of him. And he still continues his job. Now I have been to Portland many a time, I have met some of the cops there. I am sure, though I didn't ask, that they get some time off probably at least 2 to 3 weeks a year. His mother is gone, I think he could take a few days and try to help Juliette remember. It just seems odd. Overall great episode and it was fun. Hank's questioning of is that a Wessen might get a little taxing. Is that a Wessen, nick; yes. Is that a Wessen, Nick, yup. Is that a Wessen, Nick; No. Really? Nick, ok it is... I know there is some time of adjustment. But it just seems a little un-hank like. However Monroe telling Hank he knocked him over was funny.



As for Reynard. Interesting, can he not do his own leg work? Wouldn't it have been a bit more smart to have a set of Wessen loyalists on the Department to help him out?



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I think no. Because she already remembered the dinner, and that was it. You would think if she remembered him changing that would have been a big thing. Plus she was already mostly passed out when he changed.



Well you would think that would be odd for her. But so far no tension has arisen from it. Probably because Nick works like 24hrs a day. (also, when you use your gun in the line of duty, you get time off). It seems like it is a plot being held open for something. My money is still on she seeing Reynard and falling in love with him. They still haven't seen each other and I am thinking this is going to be a thing.



I hope the cat is dead. I am nota cat person and evil cats seem like they should be dead. Plus Oregon drivers are horrible so I am sure it's days are numbered.



My guess is at some point Reynard is going to reveal himself to Nick. Say that he has been protecting him all of this time. And say that he is one of the good guys. He is going to reveal a few things to Nick, probably the existence and place of the other keys in order to gain his trust. Nick relieved will work for him for a bit. Then his mom is going to come back to set him straight and then it will be on. However, somewhere in between, Juliette is going to fall in love with Reynard and when Nick realizes he isn't a good guy, Reynard is going to hold that over Nick so that he still kind of has to do what he is told. Which will make him have to choose between the Grimm life of Juliette. At some point the mom is going to die and that is going to take care of that.



Monroe and Rosalee's next date with be interrupted by hipsters trying to sell them some of that nasty kombucha. Or the Nuckalavee. But really he just looked like the euro version of a hipster, so it might be one in the same.
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Hooray, that cheesy voice-over during the opening is gone! I'm also glad they concluded the cat tangent. I thought they were just going to forget about it, or maybe mention it in passing sometime later. Something like "And then it got better, so we took it out to a farm."

Not to mention we get this AWESOME shot of Nick with Hank and Monroe right behind him during the end credits. They are a team! I love the new dynamics as well. As much as I love Nick/Monroe scenes, involving Hank makes it not only the classic scooby gang (and Rosalees shop Giles Library :-)) but Nick and Hank finally seeemed comfortable next to each other. They were finally proper partners, talked, and Hank still seems reluctant to be fully involved so it is also good.

But I am really curious how he will react when he finds out about Nick faking murders, hiding bodies...

"Infected with love...."
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Without the voice-over I actually like the new intro/opening.
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Agreed! It was PERFECT without the voice-over!
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I think Hank can see a Wesen that's fully in it's Wesen form - like when Monroe was in Blutbad form and hit him. Hank's been catching glimpses of those for a bit now (since there are *always* Wesen around Nick - hehe) and that's what's been making him think he's going crazy. When they talk about him not being able to see them "like Nick," I think they mean that he just can't see them during the little emotional flashes that Nick, as a Grimm, is able to pick up on.



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1. That could be interesting if it did, especially since she remembers and is comfortable with Monroe. You have to wonder what that would do to her friendship with him.



2. Yeah, that is strange, but it sounds like they're not still sleeping in the same bed, and they're probably hoping that being in familiar surroundings together with help jog her memory



3. I think that was the implication :) I thought it was a pretty funny way to deal with a dangling plot point. It's like on Vampire Diaries when Jeremy went to Colorado and Elena called him, he mentioned about having a dog - but it's never been mentioned again - even when Elena and Damon went to Colorado to bring him back to Mystic Falls. What happened to the dog? I think they just didn't want fans to be able to ask "So, whatever happened to Rosalind's cat?" ROFL!



4. It sounds like he's part of the Resistance - at least since he seems so concerned about the Families finding out about what he's up to. I kind of hope so - the Royal families sound like bad news and I'd like Renard to be a good guy.



5. Probably :)
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eeeeekkk MonRosalee <3

...i think that about covers it.

but actually, I am lovin this season so far, soo interesting!
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Oh, and the opening credits still suck, but at least the abominable voiceover is gone!
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Enjoyed the episode and the review. For the record, couldn't care less about Pellegrino, and I actually prefer guest stars that aren't so recognizable as that-character-from-that-other-show.



I hope MonRosalee's second date is a barbecue: barbecued Magique!
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The only time recognizable guest stars really bug me is when it's obvious they're the bad guy *because* they're recognizable. The L&O franchise, for all it's greatness, is NOTORIOUS for that. As soon as I recognize someone's name or face, I can be pretty sure they'll be arrested, dead or gloating by the end of the episode. Otherwise, I don't mind it so much.
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BTW loved the review..!

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Nick should have listened to me! i mean how many time did i scream at the TV "Tell Hank not Juliette!!". P.O Juliette would have been interesting if Magique had turned her into some sort of a wessen!.



I had a theory on Renard, In the past (way way), Grimms were working for the Royals, what if that is what he wants? It seems easy for him to find a way to control Nick rather than ..say Aunt Marie. And since Aunt Marie had to die for Nick to get his Grimm on..



The other royals seems sinister..the jerks, so it'll make sense if Renard is part of the resistance.



Rosalee and Monroe >>>>>> <3
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Can I just say, I really liked this review! I didn't like the others (and I might have been a bit testy about the Mark Pellegrino business) but this review was funny, insightful, and kept me excited for what's next on the show! Bravo! Keep up the good work!

Now down to business



1: I could see it going either way. Maybe it's just what she needs to jog her memory.

2: I thought that too! But what is she going to do, kick the poor guy out right away?

3: Spray paint it everywhere- MAGIQUE LIVES!!!!!!!

4: I find the mystery of Renard so delicious, I won't even try to figure it out, I'm just along for the ride! But I am a BIG sucker for bad guys who redeem themselves (example, Prince Zuko from Avatar) so I would burst with happiness if he became a good guy.

5: Either that or Monroe's Ex (shiver)
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